University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Native NameTiki
Object Number: 18033
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: Marquesas Islands
Nuku Hiva
Tai Pi Vai
Date Made: pre 1874
Early Date: 1850
Late Date: 1874
Height: 133cm
Width: 24cm
Depth: 23cm
Credit Line:Gift of William Pepper, 1891


Human figure with stylized face, flexed knees, hands resting on stomach. In the Marquesas Islands such large wooden figures (tiki), representing deified ancestors, were placed on stone platforms at ritual sites. This one was found near Tai Pi Vai (Herman Melville's "Typee") Valley.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Loan Exhibition - Objects Used in Religious Ceremonies, and Charms and Implements For Divination (16 Apr 1892)View Objects in Exhibition
Polynesia Gallery (28 Jan 1982 - Jun 2010)View Objects in Exhibition


[Article] Hall, H. U. 1921. "Art of the Marquesas Islanders". The Museum Journal. Vol. XII (No. 4): pp. 252-292.View Objects cited in this Publication
[Article] Davidson, Daniel S. The Oceanic Collections of the University Museum. The University Museum Bulletin. 12 (3-4) : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 90View Objects cited in this Publication
[Article] Hall, H. U. 1921. "Wood Carvings of the Austral Islands". : Page/Fig./Plate: 91View Objects cited in this Publication
[Book] Horne, Lee C. 1985. Introduction to the Collections of The University Museum. : Page/Fig./Plate: 63, fig. 3View Objects cited in this Publication
[Book] Greub, Suzanne. 2011. Gauguin Polynesia. 400. : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 276, Fig. 271View Objects cited in this Publication

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